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Veterans Hospital breaks ground

From left to right: Hunter Hofmann, M.D., Director of Specialty Care Service Line; James Floyd, Director of VA Heartland Network; Sallie Houser-Hanfelder, Director of Truman VA; Richard Schmaltz, M.D., Director of Surgery; Kelly Hequembourg, Project Manager for River City Construction; and Chris Gale, architect; pitch shovels into earth during groundbreaking ceremonies Monday at Pershing Park, which will be the site of the new $25 million OR Replacement/Renovation project.

A historical classic

Phyllis Nichols, State Farm agent, stands in front of the Lustron House exhibit at the Boone Historical Society. Nichols helped save the last Lustron-style house in Columbia when she purchased the property and called the historical society when she could find no buyers for the home. The house has been dissassembled and will be reconstructed at Boone Junction when funding permits.

Lustron houses were designed for returning WWII veterans and their families. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, , rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.

A old but efficient style

Lustron houses were designed for returning WWII veterans and their families. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.

Classic advertisements

Carl Strandlund, founder of the Lustron Corporation, designed Lustron houses with returning WWII veterans and their families in mind. 2,498 houses were made and placed in 36 states. The design, of pure steel, was sturdy, space efficient and marketed to be fire-proof, rodent proof, rust proof and lightning proof.

Local artists paint electrical boxes

Another traffic control box, halfway through being painted, sits on the corner of Hitt Street and Broadway.

Art eliminating graffiti

A traffic control box painted by David Spear sits on the corner of Ninth Street and Broadway. The boxes are painted by local artists in an effort to prevent graffiti.

Missouri kickers for 2009

Missouri kickers Jake Harry (36), Tanner Mills (91), Trey Barron (97) and Grant Ressel (95) gather on the sidelines at Monday's practice. Mills, a Rock Bridge graduate, hopes to become as efficient as former Tigers kicker Jeff Wolfert was at field goals and extra points. "I don't think anybody can be Jeff Wolfert," Mills said. "I can be Jeff Wolfert-esque."

Children play at the Moberly Five and Dime drive-in

Children play under the outdoor movie screen at the Moberly Five and Drive on Saturday. Families come from as far away as Paris, Mo., to visit the theater because it offers them an alternative to indoor entertainment and they can talk openly and run around while the movie is playing.

Cars leave the Moberly Five and Dime drive-in

Cars leave the Moberly Five and Drive drive-in movie theatre on Saturday. Not only does the theatre offer nightly double features, but frequently it offers an alternative "car load night" when families pay a flat rate per vehicle. The last "car load night" attracted over 200 cars.

A ring under repair by Kenneth Greene

Kenneth Greene restores a ring for one of his customers on Aug. 3.

Kenneth Greene at his downtown workshop

Kenneth Greene has had a presence in downtown Columbia since the late 1970s. After a few moves, he now has a store on Walnut Street near Tenth Street.

Kenneth Greene repairs a ring

In addition to restoration work like this, Kenneth Greene also makes custom pieces at Monarch Jewelry.

Kenneth Greene at work, er, play

Kenneth Greene makes and repairs jewelry at his store, Monarch Jewelry, in Downtown Columbia. "From the moment I walk in the door, I'm at play," he said while working at his jeweler's bench Aug. 5.

Baptismal candidates pray at convention

Baptismal candidates pray at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Ryan Stone from Hult Summitt Congregation

Ryan Stone, from the Holts Summit congregation, presents an informational session at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Renee Green baptized at convention

Nathan Karr, left, and Chris Upchurch, center, watch as Renee Green is baptized by William Lane at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Ashlie Vincent baptized at concention

Ashlie Vincent is baptized by Nathan Karr while William Lane watches at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention in Columbia on August 8.

Baptisms at Jevhovah's Witness Convention

In the foreground, Nathan Karr, left, greets Ricky McDay while Chris Upchurch baptizes Archie Cable at the Jehovah's Witnesses Convention at Mizzou Arena on August 8.

Nikko Sansone examines Tiger-themed toilet

Freshman player Nikko Sansone examines the Jayhawk logo on the bowl of a Tiger-themed toilet before adding his signature to the seat of the commode at football fan day on Faurot Field in Columbia on Sunday. The toilet will be auctioned off to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

Tiger fan Mark Cooley poses with Sean Weatherspoon

Tiger fan Mark Cooley poses for his father, David Cooley, to take a photograph of him with senior linebacker Sean Weatherspoon at Faurot Field in Columbia on Sunday.
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